After years of searching and investing in all kinds of planners I never found the perfect planner. I knew the only way to get what I wanted was to build it myself.
I started by doing research. I searched Google, Pinterest, and Facebook (Bullet Journal Junkies, LDS Bullet Journal and Minimalist Bullet Journals). I pulled all the best ideas and adapted them to fit MY life.
You can achieve nearly the same results with a spiral bound notebook if you clip all of the holes on your pages.
Here is my list of PROs and CONs:
- Pages can easily be moved.
- Dividers can be added.
- Covers can be changed anytime you like without having to get a whole new planner.
- This system makes it easy to build a planner yourself.
- Covers need to be softbound so they can turn easily.
- Paper needs to be a better, thicker quality if you move them around a lot.
I tend to be a bit of a minimalist. I'm more about function than art, but I do like to doodle some. Here is a tour of my planner/journal:
|This is the inside cover made from a scrapbook paper |
and cardstock then laminated.
Our Family Yearly Planning Calendar
This is a pic of the blank printable in the Library:
My Monthly Calendar with my little to-do tick sheet.
I like my calendars to be blank canvases so I can decorate
differently for holidays or mood swings (the fun kind).
There are 4 boxes for menus--one box for each week.
Must-Do's are written in red on the day it has to be done,
then Should-Do's go in the first column and
Bonus to-do items go in the last column for those
rare times when you actually have a few spare moments.
You'll never waste time waiting somewhere if you have a list.
I have 4 Gratitude pages for every month.
My goal is to think of and write the 3 best things about my day.
This is just a plain journal page whited out so hopefully you can't read all of my secrets.
My journal pages and scrapbook pages are mixed in together.
This is one of my scrapbooking pages. I added button overlays to cover up dates. And yes, I did an Escape room with my kids and grandkids. It was lots of fun! 3 generations in one room
working as a team.
For your planner/journal your imagination is the only limitation. You can make it whatever size you want with the kind of paper you want. It's all yours. Don't be afraid to experiment! You will find some things work better for you than others. Think of it as a QUEST and enjoy the journey!
What have you found to work in your planner/journal?